What a day! So far, I have really been enjoying my time in Arezzo and am eager to experience and learn more about their culture and traditions. Each day I am seeing more and more things that Italians and Americans both do, but do very differently.
This morning, we went to the Arezzo farmer’s market that is held every Saturday. Unlike the markets I have been to in America, the Arezzo market had a never ending line of vans and tables set up along the street. Some groups didn’t even make it to end. The market had a wide variety of items for sale, ranging from clothing to pots and pans to grilled shrimp kabobs. The atmosphere at the market was pleasantly busy with Italians of all ages on the hunt for bargains. I received friendly smiles from the vendors and enjoyed roaming around and to see what each stand had to offer.
There was a second street next the main one that had several trucks with fresh fruit, candy, a variety of meat and cheeses, and other delicious options. The vendors would offer a peach, plum, handful of cherries or anything I had my eye on and allow me to try it before deciding what to purchase. Everything tasted as if it was fresh off the tree or out of the ground and had my taste buds dancing. I left with a large bag of grapes and cherries for only one euro, which I guarantee would have cost around eight to ten dollars back home. I am really hoping to return to the market next Saturday and get a sweet pair of shoes for a good deal. We only had an hour and half at the market today and it took at least 15-20 minutes to walk through the entire thing, so there are definitely some items I had my eye on that I didn’t get the chance to further examine or purchase. The market gave me a huge appreciation for fresh, authentic food and just the entire environment in general. I could have easily spent half the day there shopping and taking in the overall atmosphere and steady buzz of the shoppers.